Two carved jack-o-lanterns on either side of a closed wooden door on a front porch
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Art Inquisition: Do You Wanna Carve a Pumpkin?

Happy Halloween, you gorgeously creative folks! Have you carved a pumpkin (or other decorative gourd-like thing) for this weekend’s festivities? Is it awesome and in need of being shared with the world? Did your carving attempts go hilariously awry? Did you know you can now share photos in our comments? I …

Lego paleontologist minifig looking through magnifying glass at the viewer, with Lego dinosaur "bones" in the backrground
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Art Inquisition: A Cure For What Ails You?

I’ve been sick this weekend and more than a little brain-fuzzy, but I still wanted to do A Thing. An Arty Thing, really. I wasn’t in much shape to string a lot of independent thoughts together, though, which isn’t really conducive to creativity. And like many people, I kinda revert …

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Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Hey, everyone! I’m literally writing this in the car on my way to CONvergence with Ashley, and I’m super-excited to see everyone. And their costumes! There are always really creative people at CONvergence, and that means fantastic costumes. I’ve got a few riding in my suitcase right now… And like …

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Art Inquisition: Is Climate Change a Bummer?

Amid the hubbub of their grand opening, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science lost part of one of their displays. On climate change. And their grand opening was in 2012. The still-missing panel, titled “Changing Climate,” states that “Volcanic eruptions and burning fossil fuels increase the amount of carbon dioxide and …

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Art Inquisition: What Art You Doing This Summer?

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in Chicago we might actually be starting to get into summer. Which means FESTIVALS! Art and bacon and crafting and dancing and eating and food trucks and all the great, distracting things that make summer hoppin’. I’m lucky enough …

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Art Inquisition: Separation of Art and Artist

TW: sexual assault. (This is the part where I add some words to make sure the really awful ones don’t show up in the post preview. Here, watch this awesome non-sequitur video of Neil deGrasse Tyson dancing first. Go grab a snack or a comfortable pillow to punch.) A few weeks …

A shadow on a brick wall with a window (photo: Beth Voigt)
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Art Inquisition: Do you want to be alone?

Do artists need to be wild? Agonized? Tortured? Living fast and dying young? Starving? Substance-enhanced? In a recent By Heart series in the Atlantic, Danish writer Dorthe Nors posited that Ingmar Bergman, in his solitude and reclusiveness, had the right of it in his last few decades of life. Rather than …

Photo of a dragon at the 2013 Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago
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Art Inquisition: Do You Give Your Art Away for Free?

Hey Mad Art Lab! I’m Jamie. I usually write over at Skepchick Prime about statistics and politics and stuff like that, but I recently had a bit of an art quandary and Amy invited me to write a guest post about it over here at the cool kids’ corner of the …